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Police anti-social crackdown results in 15 arrests
Wiltshire Police made a total of 15 arrests after increasing patrols across the region in a crackown on anti-social behaviour.
As part of Operation Harness, police held activities in Trowbridge, Warminster, Devizes, Chippenham, Mere, Pewsey and Swindon last Friday.
The action saw 15 people arrested for offences including theft, public order, harassment, and possession of drugs.
Officers also carried out speed checks, held street surgeries and inspected pubs and clubs.
Detective Superintendent Nick John said: “The day focused on a wide range of areas of policing and I hope it highlights that Wiltshire Police act robustly when dealing with all types of crime.
“Operation Harness is really about Wiltshire Police listening to the concerns of our local communities and acting on these in a visible way.”
In Trowbridge, police carried out early morning drugs raids which recovered around £500 worth of cannabis and a small quantity of a substance believed to be cocaine.
While, Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, joined officers out on patrol.
He said: “Harness is about prevention and raising awareness as we might be publicising this work going on today but people need to realise this is what our officers do day in and day out.”
During the Trowbridge patrol, officers encountered graffiti on a recently painted wall under a bridge at Biss Meadows Country Park.
PC Helen Daveridge, community beat manger for Drynham and Grove, said: “Graffiti is something that really frustrates me as there is just no need for it and it is very disrespectful.
"In some instances, it could be considered art but not examples like these.”
PC Daveridge said that Police are working on finding those for responsible racist graffiti which has been scrawled on walls across Trowbridge.
Anyone with information can call Wiltshire Police on 101.
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